Reims Cathedral with ruined buildings in the foreground, 1918
Photograph, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918), 1918.
The 13th century cathedral was badly damaged by German shellfire during September 1914. Images of the building were used by Allied propagandists to demonstrate the supposed cultural barbarism of the Germans. Restoration work began in 1919 and the cathedral was fully reopened in 1938.
One of 193 British and Allied official photographs.
NAM Accession Number
National Army Museum, Out of Copyright
National Army Museum, Study collection